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Intern, Asian Maritime Security

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One Earth Future Foundation
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For more than a decade, One Earth Future has worked to solve complex problems at the root of armed conflict. Through its unique culture of iterative learning and improvement, OEF designs, tests, and partners to scale programs that help communities see problems in new ways and solve them collectively. With headquarters in Colorado and offices around the world, OEF operates as a portfolio of peacebuilding ventures, each with its own director, strategy, and budget. What holds them together is a common purpose: to provide an impartial platform for diverse stakeholders to form adaptive problem-solving networks for peace. More information is available at



Stable Seas, a program of One Earth Future, aims to eliminate the illicit maritime activities that finance and facilitate organized political violence around the world. It does this by engaging the international security community with novel and rigorous research on activities that further political violence, which may include piracy and armed robbery at sea, trafficking and smuggling in persons, illicit trades in various goods, and IUU fishing. Stable Seas is globally engaged, with major projects focusing on countering illicit maritime activity in Southeast Asia, the Western Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Guinea. The team presently consists of five full-time employees based in Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, and OEF headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. More information is available at



Stable Seas began work in Asia with the launch of Stable Seas: Sulu and Celebes Seas in February 2019. Since its release, Stable Seas has been approached by several regional actors, government agencies, and international organizations for additional research on Asian maritime security. These potential projects range from very specific requests from regional coast guards to large and broad reports on new areas, such as the Bay of Bengal.

The Asian Maritime Security Intern will support these projects from the Stable Seas headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. Coordinating with the Asia-based Project Manager, the intern will coauthor reports, complete desk research, update databases and social media, assist with identifying key stakeholders, coordinate with the graphics and web team during report production, and write blog posts and op-eds to support Stable Seas Asia products. The intern will be listed as an author, when appropriate, on some products.



Hourly and Full-Time; Flexible Start Date in Summer 2019 for 12 weeks



Director, Stable Seas



  1. Work on a small research team to scope, design, and execute research on Asian maritime security.
  2. Perform qualitative and historical research using methods including reviews of primary and secondary sources, surveys, and remote interviews.
  3. Ensure the quality and rigor of the final product by taking ownership and candidly expressing ideas, suggestions, and concerns.
  4. Attend relevant team meetings and gain a sufficient understanding of the work portfolios of Stable Seas and the broader One Earth Future Foundation.
  5. Promote public awareness of Stable Seas messages by writing popular pieces and blog posts.



  1. Bachelors or Masters degree in political science, international relations, economics, or a related field.
  2. Demonstrable interest in political conflict, transnational organized crime, money laundering, failed states, and/or terrorism and insurgency.
  3. Demonstrable interest in maritime security or maritime law enforcement is preferred but not required.
  4. Deep knowledge of at least one of the following areas: India,South Asia, or Southeast Asia.
  5. Excellent speaking and writing skills in English.
  6. Reading proficiency in a second language that is relevant to the candidate’s region of expertise is strongly preferred, but not required.
  7. Training in social science research methods, including qualitative methods and basic quantitative methods, is required.
  8. Experience writing for non-academic audiences is preferred but not strictly required.
  9. The successful candidate must be passionate about impactful research and must be dedicated to producing audience-oriented policy-relevant work.
  10. Able to sit at a computer for extended periods of time, bend at the waist and reach on a daily basis, and lift and move up to 25 lbs regularly.
  11. Willingness to regularly take phone calls outside of traditional work hours, so as to coordinate with the Project Manager and other collaborators in South Asia and Southeast Asia (up to +14 hours ahead).



    At One Earth Future (OEF), we celebrate difference and welcome its benefits.  Therefore, we are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

    How To Apply


    1. Cover letter that describes research experience and language proficiencies.
    2. CV or Resume, including a complete list of academic and non-academic publications.
    3. One writing sample.


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